Said Land, “I will say that we will have an estimated construction cost of somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million.”
Land said they had finalized a floor plan after touring other facilities in the region, and consulting with the parish’s Animal Control Officer, staff and volunteers.
Operation of the present facility is funded by a 1/4 mil parish-wide property tax that brings in a little less than $250 thousand/year.
Also addressing the jury was Rita Tucker, a volunteer at the shelter. About two dozen other interested citizens were in the audience.
Tucker suggested that the jury consider calling a tax election to fund the new construction, but jurors were cool to the idea.
The jury will review Land’s preliminary plan when submitted within the next few weeks.
After the jury meeting, there was a meeting of the Finance Committee to review and approve budgets for 2016.
See here the agenda.
Most notable was the administrative fund budget, from which is paid salary and benefits for administrators and staff.
A 2% cost of living adjustment was funded for 2016.
See here the documents.